Home Town Takeover -- Episode 2
Updated: May 3
The Davies, Ice Cream Shop and Downtown Facades
Who caught episode two last Sunday? 🙋🏼♀️🙋 Zero percent chance anybody in our house would miss it! We are usually still working at the showroom when the episode airs live on HGTV, so we catch the replay an hour or two later on Discovery+. But no matter how you watched it, this is when you saw one of the community's favorite families receive some love.
Meet Coach Davies.
High school football is the soul of most small towns in middle America. Especially when someone like Ty Davies puts together a program like Fort Morgan's. Fort Morgan sealed the state championship last year, beating Mead High School by 21-17. Add that impressive title to the fact that Ty mentors his players both on and off the field, and you get quite the winning combo. Which is why Dave and Jenny selected the Davies for one of their residential renovations.
Side Note: We had no idea Fort Morgan has produced three NFL players, did you? Our curiosity got the best of us, so we had to look them up.
Trey McBride is a tight end for the Cardinals.
Ryan Jensen is a center for the Bucaneers.
Joel Dreessen was a former tight end for the Jets.
Sam Brunelli was a former offensive lineman for the Broncos. (Sam's actually from Weldona, but we're gonna count it!)
Just like at Sarah Boon's place, Just Rustic jumped right into the middle of several fun projects in Ty and Audra's home. It all started with a half-log bench for the front yard. We milled and crafted this piece in record time, which meant we had plenty of bandwidth to help throughout the rest of the house.
The first area to tackle inside was the kitchen.
Jenny really wanted to blend the mid-century home with Audra's modern farmhouse taste, and the hood vent we were asked to build was a statement piece that married both styles.
After constructing the box frame and cutting out the arch, we stuccoed the top of the hood and painted it to match the rest of the room. We utilized end grain wooden blocks to accent the arch at the bottom of the hood, painting them to mimic brick.
Once we installed the hood above the tile backsplash, we added two acacia floating shelves on each side. Our team fabricated, finished and installed those shelves after being provided with the slabs.
The kitchen is the heart and focal point of any home, so we love the way it all pulled together. The natural wood elements we added gave warmth and character to the clean black and white theme. Once all parties were satisfied upstairs, we made our way to one of the coolest rooms in the Davies home.
Enter the locker room.
Ty and Audra's basement was transformed from a bit of an awkward space into a post-game retreat for Fort Morgan's coaches and players. Dave and Jenny even brought in old stadium seats and lockers to really set the vibe for the entire space.
Another big part of that vibe was revamping the massive fireplace wall. Jenny had the team paint the brick a rich emerald green and create a cabinet above for the TV and chalk boards. Just Rustic was then asked to fabricate matching cabinets along both sides.
To keep costs down, we repurposed the old cabinets that were already in the basement. Our guys cut them apart and resized the frames, doors and drawers to fit next to the fireplace. We painted the whole thing the same emerald green as the bricks. A fun addition was being supplied with some beautiful live edge acacia for the tops, which we joined together and finished with our favorite Sutherland Welles top coat.
Getting all of this done in time to reveal it to Ty and Audra was no small feat. Jason remembers the night before the reveal very well.
"I went over to button up a few last minute things with my projects," said Jason. "That's when I saw how hard the entire crew was working to make everything perfect for the next day. I couldn't go home knowing how much work was left to be done."
"So I jumped in to help tighten screws, touch up paint and finalize details until the wee hours of the morning," Jason continued. "Nothing makes you respect and admire people more than doing overtime with them. I have a crazy amount of respect for the entire team I got to work alongside."
And then when Jason saw Ty and Audra's face at the reveal, that was the icing on the cake. No doubt about it, our work was massively appreciated.
Jason and the guys didn't participate in the builds at Mosqueda Delicacies or the downtown facades aside from providing some materials. So we don't have too much to add on those projects outside of enjoying their reveal as much as you all did.
We did, however, stop by Mosqueda on the day episode two aired to enjoy some homemade ice cream. A huge surprise hit us when we drove up -- the line was out the door and down the block! I don't think anyone in Fort Morgan has seen a line of people outside a small business in years. Seeing that made us as happy as eating our double scoop waffle cones.
~ Jason + Leah